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Cones, Bush Cricket and Another Creature

25 Sep

We find lovely things in the strangest places. We were at the dump taking more prunings, this time from the overgrown Jasmine, when I spotted pine cones at the top of the tree against a beautiful blue sky.

I think what we found on the Jasmine was a Speckled Bush Cricket but it might be a Short Winged Cone Head!

The next creature, looking like a twig or a bit of Autumn leaf on our newly painted trellis, I can’t identify. It didn’t move while we were watching.  It’s about 1″ tip to tip. Can any UK readers help?

PS 26th September 2020
I sent a photo to the Royal Entomological Society yesterday and this is my reply today. Thank you Professor Hardie!

Hi

It’s a plume moth, family Pterophoridae, and we have some 45 species in UK.  This one looks like a common or brown plume moth, Emmelina monodactyla.

Best wishes and take care

Jim Hardie

 

Professor Jim Hardie,

Director of Science, Royal Entomological Society,

 

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9 responses to “Cones, Bush Cricket and Another Creature

  1. commonprose

    September 27, 2020 at 10:11 pm

    Cool that Professor Hardie responded so quickly. It’s good to consult the pros!

     
  2. anotherday2paradise

    September 25, 2020 at 10:15 pm

    Yes, I think it’s a stick insect, maybe Gray’s Twig.

     
    • mybeautfulthings

      September 26, 2020 at 8:46 am

      Thank you for trying to help with id. I sent a photo to the Royal Entomological Society yesterday and this is my reply today. Thank you Professor Hardie!

      Hi

      It’s a plume moth, family Pterophoridae, and we have some 45 species in UK.  This one looks like a common or brown plume moth, Emmelina monodactyla.

      Best wishes and take care

      Jim Hardie

      Professor Jim Hardie,

      Director of Science, Royal Entomological Society,

       
  3. Arkenaten

    September 25, 2020 at 8:13 pm

    Looks a bit like a species of plume moth, but I wouldn’t bet my house on it. Pete Hillman would be your go-to guy here.

     
    • mybeautfulthings

      September 26, 2020 at 8:44 am

      Exactly so, Ark! I sent a photo to the Royal Entomological Society yesterday and this is my reply today. Thank you Professor Hardie!

      Hi

      It’s a plume moth, family Pterophoridae, and we have some 45 species in UK.  This one looks like a common or brown plume moth, Emmelina monodactyla.

      Best wishes and take care

      Jim Hardie

      Professor Jim Hardie,

      Director of Science, Royal Entomological Society,

       
  4. Heyjude

    September 25, 2020 at 6:41 pm

    The cricket is amazing. Could the other insect be some kind of stick insect?

     
    • mybeautfulthings

      September 26, 2020 at 8:45 am

      I looked up Stick Insects, only 3 in the UK and all of those here, in Devon and in Scilly but none of those. I sent a photo to the Royal Entomological Society yesterday and this is my reply today. Thank you Professor Hardie!

      Hi

      It’s a plume moth, family Pterophoridae, and we have some 45 species in UK.  This one looks like a common or brown plume moth, Emmelina monodactyla.

      Best wishes and take care

      Jim Hardie

      Professor Jim Hardie,

      Director of Science, Royal Entomological Society,

       
      • Heyjude

        September 26, 2020 at 8:52 am

        Brilliant! I did once find a stick insect in my Bay tree.

         

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